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Optical Engineering

Fast Megapixel Charge-Coupled-Device Image Acquisition And Analysis System For High Energy Nuclear Physics
Author(s): M. L. Tincknell; S. I. Chase; T. Dinh; J. W. Harris; L. Teitelbaum
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Paper Abstract

A two-camera system has been developed for photographing and analyzing images consisting of particle tracks from high energy collisions in a streamer chamber track detector. The charge-coupled-device (CCD) cameras view the collision region, with typical images consisting of more than 100 tracks. Each camera consists of a 1024 X1024 pixel CCD array. Up to three cameras can be read out simultaneously, at a rate of 5 X105 pixels/s/camera digitized to 9 bits, through a custom-designed multiplexing interface into an integer array processor, computer, and color display station. A software system has been developed that allows multiple asynchronous computer processes to record, analyze, and display the streamer chamber images. The system has been used in a high energy nuclear physics experiment for on-line analysis, digital data acquisition, and storage of streamer chamber events, with subsequent off-line image and physics analyses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1987
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 26(10) 261067 doi: 10.1117/12.7974196
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 26, Issue 10
Show Author Affiliations
M. L. Tincknell, University of California (United States)
S. I. Chase, University of California (United States)
T. Dinh, University of California (United States)
J. W. Harris, University of California (United States)
L. Teitelbaum, University of California (United States)


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